Table 1

Frequency (%) of maternal and infant characteristics

Patient classification
Pregnancy and infant characteristicsPrivate (n=53 947)*Public (n=116 759)*
Maternal age (years)
<200.57.1
20-3477.680.9
≥3521.912.1
Parity
041.339.8
1-357.055.8
≥41.84.4
Pre-existing medical condition
Yes1.52.1
None reported98.597.9
Obstetric complication
Yes12.816.0
None reported87.284.0
Hospital type
Private53.02.0
Public47.098.0
Presentation
Cephalic94.395.2
Breech4.43.8
Other0.60.7
Plurality
Singleton98.398.9
Twins1.71.1
Birthweight or gestational age percentile
0.0-9.97.811.6
10.0-24.913.215.9
25.0-75.051.149.4
75.1-90.016.313.8
90.1-10011.79.2
Birth weight (g)
<25004.15.4
2500-449994.192.8
≥45001.81.7
Gestational age (weeks)
<375.55.9
37-4192.891.2
≥421.72.9
Low risk women
Primiparas21.017.4
Multiparas28.230.7
  • * Percentages may not add up to 100 because of missing data.

  • † Distribution of these factors significantly (P<0.001) different between private and public patients using χ2 tests.